Question – Are You Still Into YA?
I used to read YA (Young Adult) titles. In fact, for a while, that is ALL I read. I remember going to the bookstore with my cousin and glancing at the ‘adult’ paranormal books and scoffing. I said to her: “OMG look at how tiny the font is? Who can read that?!” Yeah…I was a little bit stupid back then. (That was 2009 by the way…).
At the time, I was convinced that YA titles were easier to read and that the stories were lighter in comparison to titles meant for adults. Honestly though, how could I know when I had yet to pick up a “grown-up” book. In really, adult titles scared me. I watched Oprah on occasion and I saw the kinds of books she promoted so naturally I assumed that all books written for adults were like the ones she talked about: depressing, heavy and overly emotional. And I wanted nothing of that, thank you very much. And don’t get me started on ‘adult’ titles as in romance books – those just intimidated me! They couldn’t be any good if people made fun of them on TV or in movies right? So I kept on trucking with YA titles.
But not too long after scoffing at the book in the bookstore, I found that YA books were not, in fact, extra easy to read and that some were, in fact, very depressing. If they were not ‘down in the dumps’ books they were too light and too high school. It got to the point where I was not giving a damn who the chick in the book was going to prom with, I just wanted them to kiss! That was my first indication that maybe it was time I moved on. But to what?
I’m not going to get into details about my journey into romance and urban fantasy books since I have told this story a few times before and it is also on my ‘About Me’ page, but I will tell you that I have tried to pick up a YA here and there since discovering my new favorite genres and I find I have a lot of trouble getting into them. I really can’t say why because there are some amazing YA books out there. As of now, there are only two YA series that seem to keep me entertained enough to keep reading: one is the series that really got me into reading and the other is written by a UF author I admire and when her first YA book was about to release, she asked me if I would be interested in reading her YA series and I said yes. The premise is very interesting and I’m finding that I am quite enjoying it so I am continuing with it. That’s it. Two series in YA that I read. Other than that, it’s all ‘adult’ books for me now.
So what about you? Are you still into YA? Of not, were you ever?